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Packed with edgy sounds, spectacular effects and powerful mix processors, Magic Racks is a one-stop composition, mixing and mastering toolkit for dance music producers and live performers. From premium Max For Live developer Amazing Noises comes a pair of anarchic effects for sound designers, glitch producers and explorers of uncharted sonic territory: Dedalus Delay and Stutter Switch.
With over freely patchable modules and dozens of pre-patched synths and effects, OSCiLLOT brings the near-infinite creative possibilities of modular synthesis to Ableton Live. Holder is a spectral freezing device. It grabs short slices of sound and transforms them to ambient textures. It is perfect for creating wide, lush soundscapes and atmospheric drones.
AlterEcho is a supercharged delay effect which can add complex rhythm and tone to your sounds. It is transport-synced with step-based parameters, enabling powerful control of your sound over time. Break Selection is a free pack that includes drum loops recorded by some of the best drummers in the business. Flatpack Analogik Drums is a collection of unique drum kits, constructed from recordings of highly sought-after analog modular gear. This Pack combines the old-school flavour of analog drums with fresh and colorful snares, kicks, cymbals, toms, claps and percussive elements, making it perfect for a variety of productions.
Flatpack Analogik Waves provides a range of mono and poly synth analog sounds, from raw and dirty synth leads to beautifully ethereal pads. This Pack was painstakingly sampled and chromatically tracked across the keyboard, to bring rich and harmonically arresting analog synth sounds to your fingertips. Entangled Species is a collection of over cinematic sounds designed for Ableton’s Tension. It is perfect for creating electro-acoustic and ambient arrangements.
Progressive electronic pioneers such as Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre provided the inspiration for this collection of retro-futuristic sounds. Geisterwelt is a spectral sampler and visualizer. With control over multiple audio and video parameters, Geisterwelt lets you simultaneously create music and responsive HD video with nothing more than a MIDI controller, a keyboard, or mouse.
Apocalypse Percussion Elements is a massive library of over 4, high-quality samples ranging from entire drum ensembles to individual drums, cymbals and percussion instruments such as bongos, cajons, gongs and more.
A collection of over 5, analog drum sounds sampled from a broad range of hardware. Encompassing vintage Roland machines, contemporary drum synths, DIY circuit board kits and more, this Pack brings the warm tones of analog drums straight to your studio. Developed at the legendary IRCAM institute in Paris, this Pack contains six Max for Live effects and one instrument for advanced real-time sound processing and manipulation.
Conundrums is a collection of 50 drum kits, each uniquely crafted for versatility and fine-tuned so that all components play together in harmony. Designed to complement a wide range of genres and pack a mighty punch in the mix, Conundrums is an all-in-one beatmaking powerhouse. Mallets brings two expertly sampled melodic percussion instruments to Ableton Live.
The Rhythomatix Pack brings you a library of highly nuanced loops, samples and drum kits geared towards world music, electronic, industrial and pop productions — subtle cinematic sounds that collectively provide a powerful rhythmic impact. Inspired by the classic string machines of the s, Ensemble is a Max for Live string synthesizer with a unique built-in morphing formant filter. Ensemble also includes chorus and phaser effects which can be used separately.
Max for Cats presents DiGiTAL, a powerful polyphonic synth that fuses aspects of additive, wavetable, frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis. DiGiTAL is distinctly designed for creating new sounds and provides a comprehensive set of controls expressly for this purpose.
Sample Magic delivers the grit and soul of machine-made techno with hundreds of loops crafted from analogue synths and hardware. This Pack comes loaded with pounding beats, raw synth lines, dirty basslines, dubbed-out chords, processed vocals and much more.
Dub Machines is a pair of expertly designed Max for Live devices that reproduce, and expand on the sound of classic tape and analog delays. With vintage character, extensive control and deep sound-shaping capabilities, Dub Machines is ready to take any sound into space. Effect Racks is a collection of over sophisticated audio effects engineered for instant sound sculpting. Recording Hybrid Kit is a free Pack consisting of a multi-sampled, multi-velocity Yamaha drumset. Made up of elements of several different drumsets, Hybrid is a great sounding, all-purpose kit from Drumdrops — the makers of A Fistful of Drumkits.
Three diverse drum kits for any situation – from pounding metal crashes to crackling dub snares. Fill your drum arsenal with over 2 GB of sounds, including multi-sampled hits that capture the human feel of a professional drummer. Flatpack Darwin features evolving pads, animated textures and shifting tonal soundscapes. Vocalisms is a collection of 58 drum kits made solely from sounds produced by the human voice and mouth.
Taking advantage of the entire oral spectrum, this Pack focuses on the voice as a percussive instrument and provides all the elements of a drum kit, and much more. Drop Herse in your track and manipulate audio in real time. Herse is a slicing multi-effect that lets you rearrange your signal and apply a defined amount of effect to each slice. Arsenal brings you the surprisingly rich and musical sounds of an array of metal objects.
Chosen for their unique sonic qualities, a selection of pipes, tubes and blades have been played with bows, sticks, hands and mouth, to capture and extract their inherent musical essence. Dark Synth is an highly innovative new Max for Live synthesizer that marries the vast possibilities of additive synthesis with a super-intuitive interface. As a great starting point for immersive sound-shaping, Dark Synth will introduce you to new horizons in sound design. Studio Bass is four instruments in one and delivers the powerful, expressive sound of a classic electric bass guitar.
ZenPad – Bollywood is a selection of up-tempo Indian rhythms and authentic melodic sounds created specifically for pop, film, electronic and Bollywood productions. The Pack is also available as part of a discounted bundle with the Mantra and Oriental Packs. ZenPad — Oriental captures the spirit of the Orient with a variety of instruments including Arabic style drum kits, various hand percussion, ney flutes, clarinets, violin and oud. This Pack is also available as part of a discounted bundle with the Bollywood and Mantra Packs.
ZenPad – Mantra is a diverse selection of sounds designed for new age, yoga, meditation and electronic music productions. This Pack is also available as part of a discounted bundle with the Bollywood and Oriental Packs.
Discover MB of the finest drum loops from Sample Magic’s award-winning catalogue, compatible with Live 9. Encompassing a huge variety of electronic styles, Sample Magic’s Beat Selection has been hand-picked to offer beat-making inspiration.
Whether you are building hi-tech weapon effects for a blockbuster sci-fi shooter, or creating complex layered transitions for a cutting edge electronic music project, Microsphere delivers an extraordinary palette of sound that will take your productions into uncharted territory.
Monstrosities is a collection of 50 aggressive drum kits with dirty, distorted, processed and mangled sounds, energized for intense beat creation with Live and Push. Olympus Elements symphonic choir is a voice professional choir, expertly built for use with Ableton Live. With beautifully recorded sample content and a wide range of dynamics and articulations, this Pack provides the most important elements of a large chorus in a convenient all-in-one solution.
Grab control of the sound chips that defined the video game soundtracks of the s, now programmed specifically for Live. RokVid is a powerful video solution for live music performers. Designed with simplicity in mind, RokVid makes easy work of generating captivating video that dynamically reacts to your sound. Spectrum Effects includes two radical spectral processing devices capable of a range of effects.
Warp and mangle your audio into mayhem, or add subtle harmonic touches – you decide which. In the studio and at the gig, Spectrum Effects adds an instant dynamic catalyst to your Live set. Set the rules in AutoBeat and discover endless rhythmic rearrangement possibilities. AutoBeat integrates seamlessly with Drum Racks, and can also function as a flexible phrase creator for melodic instruments.
Captured with all of its funky nuances, nothing adds vintage twang and spanking timbres to a groove like this classic keyboard instrument. Konkrete Drums 3 lets you take your palette of percussion even further into exciting new sonic territory. This Pack derives its unique range and power from the vast array of unusual gear and inspired recording techniques that went into its making. Transform any sound with this versatile instrument. Max for Live Building Tools is a set of essential devices that open up the modular potential of Live.
Effect, control, and radically reinvent your sounds and workflow. Pluggo for Live is a free collection of audio devices and instruments derived from Cycling ’74’s Pluggo plug-in collection. This array of full-fledged Max for Live devices provides hours of signal-mangling fun as well as interesting examples of various approaches to plug-in design.
We’re giving away a free audio package with new sounds, presets, Instrument Racks and Construction Kits. This is more than just a few audio files. Samplification will kick-start your sampling skills and demonstrate what Sampler is really capable of. Cyclic Waves is a premium selection of audio loops taken from the Cycling ’74 ‘Cycles’ libraries, produced and curated by Sound Library pioneer Ron MacLeod using innovative processing tools from Cycling ’74, the makers of Max.
Unnatural Selection is a collection of Audio Clips and Construction Kits for a diverse number of genres, and includes both beats and melodic components.
Digicussion 1 is a versatile library of synthetic drums – great for pouring electronic production, experimental sound design, and all kinds of rhythmic music. Designer Drums is a set of synthesized drums that demonstrate the versatility of Ableton Live 9’s instruments and effects. Sound Objects Lite is a collection of sampled percussive and bowed objects chosen for their complex and unusual harmonics.
Digicussion 2 is a booster shot of synthetic drums for your electronic productions – designed to provide fresh inspiration for your rhythm tracks. Bomblastic is a Hip Hop drum kit library featuring punchy kicks, cracking snares, crisp claps, powerful percussion, biting shakers, hi-hats, cymbals, toms, and more. Made in the spirit of experimentation, The Forge by Hecq is a thoroughly modern update on classic IDM and glitch, infused with a healthy dose of cinematic sound-design.
Extensive controls for real-time sound tweaking and bonus sequence clips are included. Texture Beats provides highly dynamic electronic drum sounds and analog textures.
Each drum kit features a unique set of Macro controls for blending in textures and customizing the sound of both the whole kit and individual drum sounds. Tronix combines the cinematic depth of animated atmospheres, morphed instruments and electrified percussion with cutting leads, growling basses, and tempo-synced audio loops that forward-thinking producers will appreciate.
This techno toolkit includes over MB of synth, bass and drum loops, as well as customized Instrument, Drum, and Effect Racks. Combine, edit, and personalize the sounds to build your own tracks. Get the authentic sound of the Rhodes Stage 73 and Wurlitzer A electric pianos. Carefully sampled at multiple velocities and recorded with vintage equipment for ultra-realistic sound and feel.
Comes with 70 Instrument Racks providing all the classic keyboard sounds. Put the power of an orchestra inside Live, with expert multisamples of strings, brass, and woodwinds.
Featuring a collection of multisampled instruments from classic synths, including the Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter series, and more. Over synthetically generated beats, loops and textures. Acoustix is a toolkit for cinematic music production, designed exclusively for Ableton Live. It provides a vast selection of morphed acoustic sounds, including organic instruments, bombastic percussives, atmospheric pads and audio loops. Konkrete Drums 1 is a set of 24 superb drum and percussion kits for Live.
It features more than drum samples ranging from punishing, deep kick drums to delicate, crystalline ticks; from super-fast drilling rolls to atmospheric gongs. A collection of Japanese taiko sounds that perfectly captures the epic thunder, majesty, and subtlety of these massive traditional drums. Journeys is a set of Tension sounds for Ableton Live. This collection is master sound designer Gregory Simpson’s endeavor to create sounds that evoke the essence of other times, places or cultures.
The Novachord is a gargantuan, entirely tube based, note polyphonic synthesizer with oscillators, filters, VCAs, envelope generators and even frequency dividers. We sampled every one of the 72 notes on this beast – not just once, but over and over, with different settings each time. Uptown captures the tonal quality, transparency and expressiveness of an exceptional concert grand. The piano has been carefully prepared and programmed to reflect the high-quality classical grand piano sound.
A clean, modern sound for metal, hard rock, hip-hop and pop. Tight, punchy, played by Tomas Haake of Meshuggah. Sampler is a sampling instrument that brings powerful multisample playback and import, as well as profound sound design capabilities to Ableton Live.
Over synthetically generated drum samples, micro culture and atmospheres plus 10 rare and original drum kits. The Guzheng is a traditional Chinese instrument dating from the Qin dynasty ca. It is the ancestor of the Japanese Koto and several other zither-like instruments found across East Asia.
The Kim is a type of dulcimer or zither from Thailand and is related to the Chinese yangqin. Sometimes spelled khim, the instrument consists of a flat soundbox with 42 wire strings stretched across in 14 sets of 3. The strings are struck with two thin bamboo mallets with soft leather tips. Operator is a versatile, easy-to-use and great-sounding software instrument combining classic analog sounds and frequency modulation synthesis, perfectly integrated in Live’s award-winning interface.
The Skiddaw Stones are probably the most unusual and certainly the oldest instrument that Soniccouture has sampled. Downtown offers the rich tonality and balanced character of a high quality concert grand. This grand piano has been carefully prepared and programmed to provide a more powerful piano sound.
The large dynamic range and impact of Downtown is geared towards pop, RnB, hip-hop, jazz and blues productions. Sound-scapes, pads and textures. Scope is dark, disturbing, and atmospheric; perfectly avant-garde. Amp is a physically modeled audio effect that emulates the timeless tones of seven classic guitar amps.
Metalix is a toolkit for cinematic music production, designed exclusively for Ableton Live. It provides morphed metallic instruments, percussive sounds, atmospheric soundscapes, pads and tempo-synced audio loops. Recorded by Morgan Agren on an old Fibes kit.
A dirty, dry, vintage sound for hip-hop, alt. A Tingklik is a bamboo percussion instrument from Bali. It’s often used for “Rindik” music, so is sometimes referred to as a Rindik itself. Rindik music usually involves two Tingklik players and a single Suling bamboo flute. The Crystal Sounds collection is composed of two main instruments: a Cristal Baschet–a “sonorous sculpture” with a truly unique and haunting timbre, and a large variety of crystal glasses.
East Village represents the handcrafted quality of a legendary concert grand. This piano has been carefully prepared and programmed to provide a particularly characteristic sound, which has been favored by many producers and is instantly recognizable.
Tension is a physical modeling string synthesizer capable of creating incredibly accurate reproductions of real stringed instruments or otherworldly hybrids. The Hang is a steel, disk-shaped, harmonically tuned percussion instrument that’s played with the hands. It’s incredibly sensitive and dynamic; the entire disk resonates at a central frequency as your hands move around the edge, teasing the notes out. MachineKits is a high-quality library of multi-sampled vintage drum machines, including a massively nuanced set capturing the quality of MFB Modular analog drums, plus quirky classics like the Acetone Rhythm Ace, Simmons SDS and more.
Sound Objects is a unique collection of sampled objects typically found in a hardware store, including saw blades, joist hangers, ABS and metal plumbing pipes, ceramic tiles, metal sheets, gardening forks, ground plates, metal rods, electrical boxes and the like. Captures the true essence of symphonic percussion instruments in pristine quality. Features vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, crotales, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cymbals and timpani with a variety of articulations.
Soniccouture and Ableton present a unique take on a most unusual mallet percussion instrument. Named after the Greek god of dreams, the Freenotes Morpheus is a modular metallic instrument consisting of a series of metal bars, each attached to its own resonator.
EQ Eight Eight parametric filters with a variety of controls for shaping timbre. External Audio Effect A tool for integrating your external hardware effects into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-ins. Filter Delay Three delay lines with independent filtering, feedback, stereo position, and more. Glue Compressor Analog-modeled compressor based on the classic bus compressor from a famous 80s mixing console. Multi-band Dynamics Upward and downward compression and expansion of up to three frequency bands.
Overdrive Distortion effect based on classic guitar pedals. Resonators Five parallel, tunable resonators that apply a tonal character to incoming audio. Shaper Now in Live 11 Standard A flexible envelope modulation device for creating custom modulation shapes. Shifter Updated for Live Spectrum Realtime analysis and visualization of incoming audio. Vinyl Distortion Emulates the noise and distortion of vinyl records. Amp Emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiers.
Cabinet Emulates the sound and character of five classic guitar cabinets. Color Limiter Another flavor of limiting inspired by the gritty sounds achievable with hardware limiters.
The Saturation and Color parameters are the key to its characterful sound. Convolution Reverb Capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces with advanced sound shaping.
Corpus Updated for Live 11 Simulates the acoustic characteristics of seven types of resonant objects. CV Envelope Follower Use the envelope of any audio material to control device parameters. CV Shaper A flexible and envelope modulation device for creating custom modulation shapes. CV Utility Merge multiple modulation signals to generate new shapes. Echo The sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device.
Gated Delay A delay with a gate sequencer that sends the incoming signal to a delay line on activated steps. Much like a send effect that is turned on and off in a defined rhythm. Hybrid Reverb New in Live 11 Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs. Place your sounds in any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical reality. Pedal Brings the analog character of overdrive, distortion and fuzz stompbox effects.
Pitch Hack A single delay line with transposition control, as well as the ability to reverse audio, randomize the transposition interval and fold the delayed signal back into itself. PitchLoop89 New in Live 11 Create jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato with this Max for Live pitch shifting device created in collaboration with Robert Henke. Re-Enveloper A multiband envelope processor that divides the signal into three adjustable frequency bands.
Attack and Release knobs control the responsiveness of the effect. Spectral Blur Creates sounds and textures best described as reverb-like. A user-defined frequency range of a signal is blurred to create a dense, cloud of sound. Spectral Resonator New in Live 11 A sound mangling device that can make anything passing through it sound completely unlike the source material.
Use the MIDI sidechain input to process material in key with its surrounding musical elements — like playing an effect as if it were an instrument. Spectral Time New in Live 11 Re-synthesize your sounds and feed them into a network of filters, dynamics, reverb and delay, to add metallic echoes, pitch shifting and space to any sound source.
Freeze the sound to capture and hold a slice of the audio and alter its characteristics in real time. Surround Panner Multichannel Panning device for surround mixing with multi-channel speaker setups. Arpeggiator Takes individual notes from a held chord and plays them as a rhythmical pattern. Rotating Rhythm Generator Create organic rhythms and experiment with modular style beat generation. Melodic Steps A fast and intuitive MIDI sequencer for evolving melodies with an interface designed to encourage experimentation and new discoveries through play.
Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation. Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo. Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments. Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching. Group tracks Use multiple levels of groups to mix with greater flexibility and manage detailed arrangements more easily.
Comping New in Live 11 Record multiple takes of a performance, then combine the best ones. Linked-track editing New in Live 11 Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously. Multiple automation lanes. MIDI Polyphonic Expression New in Live 11 Add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord, add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures more easily.
Tempo Following New in Live 11 Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow.
Note Chance New in Live 11 Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time. Velocity Chance New in Live 11 Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.
Automatic plug-in delay compensation. MIDI remote control instant mapping. MIDI output to hardware synths. Ableton Link A technology that keeps instances of Live and a growing collection of iOS apps in time over a wireless network. Instrument Racks Updated for Live 11 Combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device, allowing for split and layered sounds with customized Macro controls.
Scenes Updated for Live Audio inputs Mono audio input channels. Audio outputs Mono audio output channels. Complex warp modes Advanced algorithms for stretching audio, ideal for working with mixed audio or full tracks. Audio-slicing Slice audio to a Drum Rack or Sampler instance. Max for Live Powers a range of instruments and devices in Live Suite, and lets you customize or build your own devices, change the way Live works, and connect Live with the world around it.
POW-r dithering Mastering quality dithering modes for downsampling audio. Play Analog Emulates the unique character of vintage analog synthesizers. Play Collision Updated for Live 11 Physical modeling instrument for authentic mallet percussion sounds and creative percussion.
Play Electric Updated for Live 11 The sounds of classic electric pianos. Play Operator A versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis. Play Tension Updated for Live 11 Physical modeling string synthesizer.
Play Chop and Swing Updated for Live 11 A homage to the style that made sampling an art form and put a new kind of groove on the musical map. Play Drum Essentials Drum Essentials is a collection of handpicked sounds selected to cover a wide range of styles. Play Grand Piano Updated for Live 11 Multiple articulations, sampled from a carefully prepared and programmed piano to capture the virtuosity of the classical grand piano sounds.
Play Guitars and Bass A set of electric guitars and basses, expertly multisampled to cover different playing styles, velocities and articulations – from funky slap bass to gently strummed guitar chords.
Play Skitter and Step Updated for Live 11 A sound collection that inhabits the space where growling basses, rinsing pads and jarring melodies collide with jagged, broken percussion.
Play Beat Tools With more than Drum and Instrument Racks, over loops for slicing, tweakable effects chains and more, Beat Tools has all the sounds you need for hands-on beatmaking — especially with Push. Play Brass Quartet New in Live 11 Features a rich blend of trumpet, French horn, tenor saxophone and trombone in your music. Play Build and Drop Build and Drop is loaded with ecstatic leads, enveloping bass, slamming drums and a range of rises, sirens and sounds effects.
Play Drive and Glow Updated for Live 11 Drive and Glow combines swirling synth textures, overdriven guitars and basses and pounding drums. Play Drone Lab New in Live 11 Weave complex, evolving threads through your productions with tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multisampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation. Play Drum Booth Updated for Live 11 Drum Booth contains carefully curated samples of acoustic kits recorded in a tight, dry room.
Play Glitch and Wash This collection explores the contrast of organic texture and precise rhythms — combining precision slices, jagged electronic noise and microscopic snippets of sound with warm ambient pads, textures and soundscapes. Play Inspired by Nature New in Live 11 Six playful instruments and effects that use natural and physical processes as their inspiration. Play Latin Percussion A collection of acoustic percussion instruments such as congas, timbales, claves, shakers, tambourines and bells from the worlds of Brazillian, Afro-Cuban and African music.
Play Orchestral Brass A thorough set of vivid and colorful brass instruments. Play Orchestral Mallets The true essence of symphonic percussion instruments in pristine quality. Play Orchestral Strings A comprehensive selection of naturally rich and dynamic stringed instruments. Play Orchestral Woodwinds Features a variety of clear and vibrant wind instruments.
Play Probability Pack A collection of creative sequencers that introduce probability and chance to your music. Play Punch and Tilt A dancefloor-ready collection of sounds focused on machine rhythms, weighty bass and dark, hypnotizing melodies, textures and noises — a rough sonic aesthetic that started with a small group of underground producers and has grown into a worldwide scene.
Play Session Drums Club A multisampled library of acoustic drums for nuanced play. Play Session Drums Studio A multisampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session. Play Singularities Singularities makes use of single samples and finely tuned, expressive parameters to capture the sound and feel of classic synths and samplers. Play String Quartet New in Live 11 This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration.
Play Voice Box New in Live 11 A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing. Play Amp Emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiers. Play Cabinet Emulates the sound and character of five classic guitar cabinets.
Play Convolution Reverb Capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces with advanced sound shaping. Play Corpus Updated for Live 11 Simulates the acoustic characteristics of seven types of resonant objects.
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Or would the fundementals be excactly the same? Able to produce everything from silky pad sweeps to earth-shaking bass. This is where the rack configuration starts to come in handy. Select all of the devices from Pedal to Cabinet and type Cmd-G. Electric Keyboards is a new Pack featuring three legendary multisampled instruments: two electro-mechanical pianos and one tonewheel organ. Fill your drum arsenal with over 2 GB of sounds, including multi-sampled hits that capture the human feel of a professional drummer. The Wagner Sharp honestly sounds a lot like the to my ears maybe with some slight throatiness , but why not experiment for yourself and see which you like best?
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In contrast to many other software sequencers , Ableton Live is designed to be an instrument for live performances as well as a tool for composing , recording , arranging , mixing , and mastering. It is also used by DJs , as it offers a suite of controls for beatmatching , crossfading , and other different effects used by turntablists , and was one of the first music applications to automatically beatmatch songs. Live is available in three editions: Intro with limited key features , Standard, and Suite.
Henke and Behles identified a need in Berlin’s electronic music scene for user-friendly software for live performances, and worked with local acts to develop it. Henke said later: “I think the feeling we had was [that] there was enough like-minded people in our closer community who could appreciate a product like this, and that it could work commercially.
That gave us confidence to believe that a small company could actually survive on the market. Unlike Pro Tools , which focuses on multitrack recording , the first version of Ableton Live was designed for performing with loops. Live utilizes audio sample or MIDI sequences, referred to as Clips, which are arranged to be played live i. These clips can be arranged into scenes which can then be triggered as a unit. For instance a drum , bass and guitar track might comprise a single scene.
When moving on to the next scene, which may feature a synth bassline , the artist will trigger the scene, activating the clips for that scene. The Arrangement View offers a horizontal music production timeline of Clips that is more similar to a traditional software sequencer interface.
The Arrangement View is used for recording tracks from the session view and further manipulating their arrangement and effects. It is also used for manual MIDI sequencing. The Intro version of Live includes four instruments Impulse, Simpler, Instrument Rack, and Drum Rack and the Standard version of Live additionally includes External Instrument, with users having the option to purchase additional instruments.
By contrast, Live Suite includes all available instruments. Ableton also offers a selection of Add-on Sample Packs with which a user can expand the sound libraries for their instruments. A smaller version, the APC20, was released in Novation Digital Music Systems has created the “Launchpad” which is a pad device that has been designed for use with Live.
Ableton has also released their own MIDI controller, the Push , which is the first pad-based controller that embraces scales and melody. Most of Live’s effects are already common effects in the digital signal processing world which have been adapted to fit Live’s interface. They are tailored to suit Live’s target audience — electronic musicians and DJs – but may also be used for other recording tasks such as processing a guitar rig.
In addition to the instruments mentioned above, Live can work with samples. Live attempts to do beat analysis of the samples to find their meter , number of bars and the number of beats per minute. This makes it possible for Live to shift these samples to fit into loops that are tied into the piece’s global tempo. Additionally, Live’s Time Warp feature can be used to either correct or adjust beat positions in the sample.
By setting warp markers to a specific point in the sample, arbitrary points in the sample can be pegged to positions in the measure. For instance a drum beat that fell ms after the midpoint in measure may be adjusted so that it will be played back precisely at the midpoint. Some artists and online stores, such as The Covert Operators and Puremagnetik, now make available sample packs that are pre-adjusted, with tempo information and warp markers added. The audio files are accompanied with an “analysis file” in Live’s native format.
Almost all of the parameters in Live can be automated by envelopes which may be drawn either on clips, in which case they will be used in every performance of that clip, or on the entire arrangement. The most obvious examples are volume and track panning, but envelopes are also used in Live to control parameters of audio devices such as the root note of a resonator or a filter’s cutoff frequency. Clip envelopes may also be mapped to MIDI controls, which can also control parameters in real-time using sliders, faders and such.
Using the global transport record function will also record changes made to these parameters, creating an envelope for them. Much of Live’s interface comes from being designed for use in live performance, as well as for production. Portions of the interface are hidden and shown based on arrows which may be clicked to show or hide a certain segment e. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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